Maj. Nidal Hasan: Accused Fort Hood shooter hospitalized


Major Nidal Malik Hasan could face the death penalty in the military trial for the killing of 13 people at Fort Hood, each of which will be tried as a capital offense.


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Maj. Nidal Hasan, the military psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in a shooting at Fort Hood, has been hospitalized for undisclosed reasons.

According to CNN, Hasan, 42, was admitted Saturday to Carl Darnal Medical Center and is expected to be released within two days, Fort Hood's public affairs office said. The military did not disclose why Hasan was in the hospital because of federal government regulations against relaying patients' medical information. He was in "good condition" Monday, according to Fort Hood.

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Hasan's lead military attorney, Lt. Col. Chris Poppe, said only that his client wasn't suffering from a self-inflicted wound.

The psychiatrist faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted in the November 2009 shooting that killed 13 people and wounded more than two dozen others, reported the Associated Press. Hasan is paralyzed from the waist down after police at Fort Hood shot him the day of the attack. He has not been hospitalized since March 2010, when he was recovering from the gunshot wounds.

The AP also noted that Hasan's trial was set to begin in August, but was delayed because of his newly grown beard, which violates Army rules. The defendent said he grew his beard because of his Muslim faith requires it and is appealing a judge's order saying he needs to be clean-shaven or forcibly shaved before the court-martial.